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Mark Frost: Paedophile admits dozens of sex crimes against children

A former English teacher has admitted dozens of sex crimes against children in Britain and abroad in one of the worst cases brought to the British courts.

Paedophile Mark Frost, who was previously known as Andrew Tracey, pleaded guilty to a catalogue of abuse against nine children in Thailand between 2009 and 2012.

Since the allegations emerged in Asia, two former pupils of a school in Worcestershire came forward claiming they were sexually assaulted by him in the 1990s.

Frost had sex with one of the boys in a school store room, at playtime breaks at his home where he lived with his adopted son, and at a car park in Woking, London's Old Bailey heard.

Frost, who taught from the 1970s until the 1990s, admitted charges relating to the historic abuse, although one of the victims died before he was brought to account.

The retired English teacher, formerly known as Andrew Tracey, 70, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey. Credit: PA

He pleaded guilty to 45 sex crimes at the Old Bailey, including multiple rapes, indecent assault, inciting children to engage in sexual activity and making indecent images.

The National Crime Agency believes he may have assaulted many more youngsters he had contact with through his 25-year career in schools and as a senior Scouts volunteer.

The Scout Association said there were "no previous concerns" about Frost, then known as Tracey, until he resigned from the movement after more than three decades upon his first arrest in 1991.

Tracey/Frost resigned from the Movement in November 1991 when he was first arrested for sexual offences against children; if he had not resigned we would have suspended him immediately.

The Scout Association permanently barred him from any future involvement with the movement when he was convicted in 1992.

– Scout Association

The Association said it had been "co-operating fully with the statutory agencies in this historic investigation".

The NCA has appealed for any more victims to come forward who may have gone to schools in east London, Worcestershire and Hertfordshire where Frost taught under his former name Tracey.

"We suspect there could be many more victims of Frost, both male and female, who have never come forward or spoken to anybody about what happened to them," the NCA's Andy Brennan said.

The National Crime Agency admitted delays in passing information may have prolonged Mark Frost's abuse of boys in Thailand. Credit: PA

Frost was the focus of a complex international investigation involving the NCA and authorities in Canada, Thailand, the Netherlands and Spain.

Frost, who was banned from teaching in 1996. In 1998 he was jailed for a year for indecent assault on an underage male and put on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.

After being removed from the Sex Offenders' Register in 2008, as offenders imprisoned for between six and 30 months are legally obliged be, Frost moved to Thailand.

In July 2012, Canadian officials alerted the NCA's child exploitation and online protection centre to Frost as part of Operation Spade, its international child porn investigation.

But it was not until November 2013 the information was sent on to Thames Valley Police which found he was abroad.

He skipped bail before he could be prosecuted by Royal Thai Police and returned to Britain but police were unable to act in the absence of a warrant.

When asked by ITV News an investigating officer was unable to explain why Frost was not questioned over evidenced presented by Operation Spade on his return to the UK.

Frost then fled to Spain via France and was finally extradited from Alicante back to the UK last year after Dutch police uncovered incriminating web chats on the computer of a man in the Netherlands.

The NCA said it could not rule out the possibility that some of the nine Thai victims were abused in the six months between the time it was first alerted and Frost's arrest in Asia.

The NCA and NSPCC's helpline for more victims to come forward is 0800 3280904. Local police forces can be contacted via 101.